Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document And Entity Information

Document And Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Dec. 24, 2011
Jan. 27, 2012
Common Stock [Member]
Jan. 27, 2012
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Jan. 27, 2012
Class B Stock [Member]
Entity Registrant Name CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO      
Entity Central Index Key 0000887733      
Document Type 10-Q      
Document Period End Date Dec. 24, 2011      
Amendment Flag false      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012      
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --09-29      
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,254,778 34,130,742 1,652,262